Politics & Policy

Cain: Not ‘An Ounce of Truth’ in Allegations

Speaking about the allegations made by Sharon Bialek earlier today, Herman Cain said there was not “an ounce of truth” in her statement.

 “I had a few of my staff members there with me,” Cain told ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel in an interview tonight, describing watching the press conference earlier in the day, “and I’m sitting here and they’re watching me and they can see steam coming out of my ears. The feelings that you have when you know that all of this is totally fabricated, you go from anger, then you get disgusted, you try to control yourself to make sure you watch this thing all the way through it and I was listening very closely.”

“And then when it was all over with,” he added, “I said I know what we got to do because there’s not an ounce of truth in all of these accusations and my team is putting this stuff together. That’s why I’m willing to do a press conference tomorrow to set the record straight.”

Cain is scheduled to hold a press conference in Arizona tomorrow afternoon.

“We watched it,” Cain said of Bialek’s press conference, “because we didn’t even know this whole thing about woman number 4 was going to even come out. So that was a surprise. At least it wasn’t one of the many that have the first name ‘anonymous.’ So now this one actually had a name and a face, so we watched it to see what it was and who it was and we are dealing with it.”

“We are taking this head on,” Cain emphasized.

When Cain talked about the impressive fundraising his campaign had done since the allegations broke ($2 million at least), Kimmel joked, “Do you think other candidates will follow suit and hire women to charge them with sexual harassment?” Cain rejoined in kind, saying, “If they’re smart, they will.”

Cain said he called his wife after the press conference finished (they were in different states today), and she gave him this response: “’The things that that woman described,’ she said, ‘that doesn’t even sound like you and I’ve known you for 45 years.’”

“My own wife said that I wouldn’t do anything as silly as what that lady was talking about because she does know me,” Cain pointed out. “I’ve been married for 43 years to the same woman, and I’m proud of it.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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